We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone in our community. Our Executive team are monitoring government and Health Department announcements as well as Department of Education decisions. The situation is changing daily and information is being updated frequently. Many events and activities are already cancelled or postponed and the potential for a full closure of the school is possible.
Any updates issued by the school will be posted here to act as a central hub for information. Parents and guardians will also receive notifications via the mobile app as this is the quickest form of school communication, particularly if the updates are being sent remotely. If parents do not have the mobile app we would strongly suggest you now have this installed on your phone using the instructions below.
Please let us know if you have been contacted by NSW Health or have been identified as a close contact. This information will be kept confidential. Please email: COVIDstudents@lakes.nsw.edu.au.
Instructions on installing the new school mobile app (launched in Term 1 2021):
The Lakes Grammar mobile app is available for both Apple and Android devices. The App is free and simple to install. The mobile app is custom designed and feeds directly into Parent Lounge so this allows you to do absentees, check the school calendar and very soon we will be switching to paperless permission notes for excursions and events. The mobile app is also a very quick and easy way for us to send notifications home. Often these are also sent via email but at times the mobile app may be the only communication method we use to communicate to parents particularly during an emergency.
To download the mobile app you will simply need to search Lakes Grammar in either the App Store or Google Play Store.
You will need to reset your Parent Lounge password using the link below. It will simply ask for the surname of your account and an email address that is recorded on your account. A verification code will then be emailed. Once you have entered this code into reset password page it will allow you to choose a new password. Once you are logged in to the mobile app you will remain logged in.
If your account is set-up as split family, you will need to email email@example.com as we will need to send you separate instructions. Your Parent Code has also changed slightly with this new system.
Once you have the App installed you can click on the cog icon in the bottom right and choose 'subscriptions' to add/remove the year groups that you wish to receive notifications for.
I would like to kindly remind our K-6 families of the staggered return of our students from week 3 onward for Term 4.
11-15 October (week 2) - students of essential workers on site. If you are not an essential worker, please do not send your child to school. We will have limited staffing as we are looking to only have fully vaccinated staff on site. This may mean that your child will not be taught by a teacher linked to their year group if on site.
18-22 October (week 3) – Kindergarten and Year 1 students return as well as Year 12 (2021) students.
From 25 October (week 4) – all students return to school. However, if you are not intending on sending your child back to school please advise the school and we will then send communication to you with regards to school work and discuss your child’s return to school.
A reminder that we will have in place the following collection times operating via the junior school Kiss and Go system only.
From 18 October students requiring pick up will be at the following times and based on your surname:
* A-G collect at 2.40-2.55pm
* H-P collect at 2.55-3:10pm
* Q-Z collect at 3.10-3.25pm
A reminder if your child is unwell, or has any covid symptoms please do not send them to school. If your child needs to be collected from school early we ask that you please remain in your car and telephone reception to advise you are waiting in the car park. A staff member will deliver your child to your car. If your child presents at school with covid signs you will be contacted to collect your child and a negative covid test will need to be provided to the school before returning to school.
If any of the above is to change either Mrs Clancy or I will send updated communication.
Head of Junior School
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Dear parents and carers,
As announced today by our new premier, the return to school roadmap has changed. This is exciting news, and we are so looking forward to seeing our students back on site and hearing their happy chatter.
The schedule for return is now:
Week 3 Term 4 (18 October)
Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 (as per previous advice)
Note that Year 12 will in the main be working from home as previously advised.
Week 4 Term 4 (25 October)
All year groups return (K-12)
Note that Year 12 will in the main be working from home as previously advised.
A reminder that when a year group has returned to school as per the dates above, we cannot offer online learning to any students from that year group as teachers will be conducting classes face to face. If your child is not going to return to school in line with the above schedule, please ensure that you have communicated this with either Mrs Smith (senior school) or Mr Wearne (junior school) who will arrange for work to be made available for your child to complete at home. We do encourage all students to return as quickly as possible.
As previously advised, staff on site will be fully vaccinated (as are many of our senior school students).
The following protocols will apply to all returning students and Mr Wearne and Mrs Smith have already communicated much of the detail.
· Masks must be worn by all senior school students and staff, both indoors and outdoors. Junior school students are strongly encouraged to wear masks, but it is not mandatory.
· No parents or visitors on site.
· A staggered pick up in the afternoon will be in place. Please adhere to the time allocated to the letter your child’s surnames begin with.
· Students are not to attend school if unwell (even if minor) or if they have any covid symptoms.
· Year groups (from week 4) will sit in allocated areas.
· There will be no face-to-face chapels or assemblies to keep cohorts as separate as possible.
· No over the counter sales for the canteen. You need to order using Flexischools.
· We will continue to focus on hygiene, social distancing, and the safety of our community.
As per my previous communications, if we do have a positive case of covid, we will communicate this to you via SMS, email, Facebook, and the school App. It is important that parents don’t panic and follow the directions to pick up children as previously communicated. This will avoid traffic congestion and keep everyone safe.
I am so looking forward to seeing the happy smiling faces of our students from 18 October.
We have now received further updates on what to expect for our students and their learning as we move towards the end of the year. If our LGA remains under the lockdown orders, there will be a staggered return of students back to face-to-face learning from Monday, 25 October (Week 4 of Term 4). At this point, this is likely to be our Kindergarten and Year 1 students. Year 12 (2021 cohort) will have access to the campus from Monday, 25 October and the Year 12 HSC examinations have been pushed back further with a planned start date of Tuesday, 9 November (Years 2 to 11 will remain online).
If our LGA does at some point come out of lockdown prior to Monday, 25 October this may change the return to face-to-face dates. I would anticipate at this point that we will remain in our current pattern of online learning until at least the end of Term 3, and we can only pray that we do come out of lockdown prior to week 4 of Term 4.
If there are any changes to this advice, we will be in contact. Mrs Smith will email our Year 12 students and families directly regarding how we can best plan for their HSC and any graduation/celebratory events in a covid safe way.
A strong reminder that it is imperative that students remain learning from home unless they are unable to learn from home. This is one of the key messages from NSW Health today.
I have had questions from some parents re: vaccination for students and attending school. This would be a directive from NSW Health and not a decision by the school.
Below is an overview on the school’s processes should we be made aware of a positive test for covid-19 in our student or staff community.
If the school is notified of a positive test for covid-19, all students will remain in, or return to, their classrooms with a staff member. An announcement will be made over the school’s PA system noting that we have received notification from NSW Health and to remain in class until further details are received. An SMS will be sent to parents, followed by an email with pick-up arrangements. Students will be allowed to use their phones to communicate with you if they have a phone with them.
If we are advised by NSW Health of positive case during school hours, can I please strongly request you note the following to ensure we can expedite this process in a calm and safe manner:
Do not rush to school to collect your child. Please ensure you read the email we send you regarding pick-up carefully and arrive at your allocated time. We request that you only collect your child/ren. However, if parents are unable to get to school at short notice we request that you provide permission to the school via an email (not via the parent collecting your child) acknowledging your permission and the name of the family you would like you child to travel home with. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only access to collect all students in this scenario is through the senior school entryand if collecting junior school students please travel down the internal link road. This will assist with traffic flow through the school.There will be no access through the junior school gate – no matter what time of day!
You will receive regular updates from the school via email, the mobile app, Facebook and the website.
Please try and avoid calling reception for further information. A message will be recorded and set up on the switchboard with a summary of the situation. School staff will update you as needed.
If the school closes and needs to be ‘deep cleaned’, unfortunately there will be no online learning during this period as we anticipate large numbers of staff and students may either be in isolation or need to be tested.
If we are notified outside of school hours, communication with parents will follow the same pattern as above.
A reminder that it is vital that parents continue to ensure that you advise the school if you or your child has been identified as a casual or close contact via COVIDstudents@lakes.nsw.edu.au. It is important that students remain at home where possible, and do not attend school if unwell.
Please feel free to contact the school if you have any queries via email@example.com.
Deborah Clancy Principal
Monday, 26 July 2021
Dear parents and guardians,
Thank you all for your support during this lockdown period. We do continue to ask (as per NSW Health protocols) that the only students at school are those of essential workers who are unable to have their children learn from home. As you would be aware, most of our staff are also working from home to support our students. Any students who are unwell at all must not attend school and be tested if they have even mild COVID symptoms. You will need to supply a negative test before your child returns to school. Students in Years 7-12 must wear masks while at school (as do staff).
Can I please urge all families to ensure that you are regularly checking these alerts and let the school know if you or your child is identified as a close contact. Please email COVIDstudents@lakes.nsw.edu.au with this information as soon as you are made aware.
Deborah Clancy Principal
Monday, 19 July 2021
Dear parents and guardians,
As you would be aware, NSW Health updated the covid advice on Saturday. While the school will remain open for those who are essential workers, we have reduced the number of staff on site as per the recommendations. The key message from NSW Health is that parents must keep children at home where they can. Students will be supported to learn from home. If you are an essential worker and your child will be attending, please note the following:
Any student who is displaying even the mildest covid symptoms must remain at home.
The canteen and uniform shop continue to be closed. Please send a nutritious lunch and a water bottle with your child.
If your child is sick, and unable to do school work, please contact the school using our normal processes. Students are required to send a negative result if tested before they return to school.
No visitors on site.
Year 7-12 students must wear masks on site. Years K-6 may do so if they wish.
For those K-6 students who were not able to pick up their book pack collections on Friday, you can do so between 10.00am and 12:00pm Monday, 19 July.
Please continue to check NSW Health if you wish to see the latest guidelines and hotspots.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us. A reminder that our COVID parent information hub (found on the home page of our website) has a copy of all correspondence sent home for you to refer to.